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Products of Animal Origin

Products of Animal Origin – Third Country

From 1 January 2021, consignments of Products of Animal Origin (POAO) transiting EU territory before being imported to GB will be required to enter GB via an appropriate Border Control Post (BCP) which is approved for those commodities if they have not had full checks on entry into the EU.  This will require goods to be accompanied by Health Certificates/relevant documentation for import into GB and pre-notification by the GB importer on IPAFFS.

There is no Border Control Post (BCP) approved for POAO at the Port of Dover and therefore consignments of POAO which have not had full checks on entry into the EU will not be able to be imported via Dover Port. 

Goods that have undergone full veterinary public health and animal health checks on entry into the EU will be able to enter GB through any point of entry, including Dover.  They will need to follow the requirements for EU POAO imports below. 

Consignments of POAO will not require a Health Certificate for import into GB or pre-notification on IPAFFS until 1 October 2021.

Products of Animal Origin – EU

New import requirements will apply to EU POAO where there will be a requirement for goods to be accompanied by an Export Health Certificate in order to undergo documentary checks and import pre-notifications submitted by the importer via IPAFFS in advance of arrival.  The requirement to enter via an established point of entry with an appropriate BCP for identity or physical checks will be introduced on 1 January 2022.

A list of UK BCPs for animal and animal products can be found here UK border control posts: animal and animal product imports - GOV.UK (

Further information can be found in the Border Operating Model: The Border Operating Model - GOV.UK (

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